At least 207 people were killed and 450 were injured after a series of explosions unfolded at three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
11 foreigners, including three Indians, and three British nationals, two Turkish nationals and one Portuguese national, were among the dead people.
The U.S. State Department released a statement saying that "several U.S. citizens were among those killed" in the blasts.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly condemned the Easter morning "terror attacks."
Mike said in a statement,
Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.
— Krishna Kant trishul (@TrishulKant) April 21, 2019
Six bomb blasts occurred nearly simultaneous and it was followed by two more explosions hours later.
According to a spokesperson for the Sri Lanka police, this tragic incident marks the worst explosions since the South Asian country’s civil war, which ran for 26 years, ended a decade ago.
The first explosion was unfolded at approx. 8:45 a.m. local time at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, which is 20 miles north of Colombo.
Other attacks occurred at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa. The three hotels – the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury Hotel and Shangri La – all in Colombo were attacked by suicide bombers afterward.
The other two blasts unfolded in Dematagoda.
According to Sri Lanka Police, they have arrested 13 suspects in connection with the attacks.
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